Snowbird jet crashes in Kamloops BC Canada


KAMLOOPS, B.C. — One person has died and another is badly injured after a Canadian Forces Snowbird plane crashed in a residential area of Kamloops, B.C., while on a cross-country tour meant to impart hope during the COVID-19 pandemic. Capt. Jenn Casey, a public affairs officer with the Canadian Forces, died in the incident, a Defence source told The Canadian Press. The source was granted anonymity because officials have yet to publicly confirm the identity of the crash victim. “It is with heavy hearts that we announce that one member of the CF Snowbirds team has died and one has sustained serious injuries,” the Royal Canadian Air Force tweeted. “We can confirm that we have contacted all primary family members of those involved.” The Snowbirds said the surviving victim’s injuries are not life-threatening. The crash sent neighbours pouring onto the street where they said debris was scattered and a house was on fire. Kenny Hinds, who lives seven doors down from the crash site, said it looked like the living room of the house where the crash occurred was on fire. “I just started running down the street. And I got there maybe a minute after it crashed and there was a couple of residents that had their hoses out and they were trying to put the flames out because it hit a house,” he said. “It looked like most of it landed in the front yard, but maybe a wing or something went through the roof.” Sunday’s crash occurred the same day the Snowbirds were scheduled to make a trip from Kamloops to Kelowna as part of Operation Inspiration, aimed at boosting the morale of Canadians struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, tweeted his condolences to all those affected.

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